Nutritional, Food Safety Benefits of Organic Farming Documented by Major Study

Organic fruits and vegetables packed with nutritional goodness!
Organic fruits and vegetables packed with nutritional goodness!

By Science Daily

Organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues, the largest study of its kind has found. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, and grains. The study team applied sophisticated meta-analysis techniques to quantify differences between organic and non-organic foods.

Wild Gorillas Signal Using Odor

The image depicts the silverback on which the study was based. Credit: Michelle Klailova; CC-BY
The image depicts the silverback on which the study was based. Credit: Michelle Klailova; CC-BY

Silverback gorillas appear to use odor as a form of communication to other gorillas. Mammals communicate socially through visual, auditory, and chemical signals. The chemical sense is in fact the oldest sense, shared by all organisms including bacteria, and mounting evidence suggests that humans also participate in social chemical signaling. However, not much is known about this type of signaling in closely related hominoids, like wild apes.